so far so good. I don't care if its fresh or new its castlevania! its a blast playing as Dracula and yes the stealth parts are a little goofy but compared to other 3d castlevanias its by far the second best. so sure it dosent have the same feeling as the first one but that's ok because te first lords of shadow was the first good 3d castlevaina. the story a little hard to follow but its not the story that im playing it for. I thought the combat was great! sure u cant tell when to block but that just means you got to pay attention. they do tell u when to doge. all these young gamers these days want there hand holded all the way through but this game gives u just enough of a challenge that its fun. I give it a 9.